Think about the people who have made a meaningful difference in your career. Was it a professor who encouraged you to dream big? Or a boss who cleared obstacles so you could get to the next level? Maybe it was someone you barely knew who shared a piece of advice at exactly the right time?
I have been fortunate to have had many mentors, and the reason I have my “RedCandy” ready and running is Mohit Pawar (Mohit Sir…:)). He made me feel smarter than I thought I was – and stretched me to take on new challenges. For those of us whose lives have been shaped by mentors, we know how important these mentoring relationships can be.
I first met him in 2011 at a WordPress conference and from there this dream of writing took birth. I never thought I would be doing this and now 5 years later, I feel so glad and confident to achieve this milestone.
An entrepreneur, blogger, Digital marketing expert, author of India Startup Guide and The Digital Marketing Handbook, an amazing boss (His team would definitely agree) and an incredible human being, I am lucky to share the best combination with him- A mentor and a friend.
My “Digital Marketing” learning started 1.5 years back and under his wing the time seems to have passed in a flash. I was a reckless student who was always inconsiderate on the demands of his time and the limitations of his availability. A mail written to him at 2:00 AM always had its revert at 5:00 AM. I used to ask, sir when do you sleep? I didn’t realize how busy the life of a writer/entrepreneur/ author could be and the best part was that he never made me realize too… 🙂
Our meetings with his never-ending positive talks and feedback (Over coffee and molten chocolate cakes 🙂 ) always boosted my confidence and encouraged me to develop as a professional and an expert in my field. He encouraged my secret writing ambitions, secret because I didn’t know myself that I have such a dream.
Even on receiving a useless submission from my end, his gentle and reassuring suggestions to make it better cheered me to just keep continuing, making that assignment a ladder to climb the next level. His belief and assurance is the reason I kept going.
The endless discussions, chatting, emails, brainstorming and all the hard work with getting this going and where I am today, it feels beautiful to express my gratitude to him.
The simple act of just being so considerate to someone else’s dream can make a world of difference. Mentoring can change a life. I know. My mentor changed mine.
I feel glad with all the mentoring and guidance I have received, and I know I’m not done learning yet. The list will continue to grow through the years. What does your list look like?
Find an opportunity to thank your mentors for what they have meant to you. Tell your mentors what impact they have had on you.